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Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott ousted; Malcolm Turnbull to take over

Female empowerment law first step, but male-oriented work culture must change: experts

Abe returned unopposed as LDP leader, vows to boost economy

Mayor links solar plant construction to floods
The mayor of Bando blames construction at huge solar power plant project near the Kinugawa River for exacerbating the disastrous flooding in Joso, Ibaraki Prefecture.

Female empowerment law first step, but male-oriented work culture must change: experts

Aichi family free of utility bills after turning to firewood, solar power

Mobile fingerprinting terminals to speed up immigration at airports

Hiroshima eyes tourist boost with cat's-eye view of city streets

Olympics logo scandal highlights power of the Internet critic

Tokyo's Bunkyo Ward picked as most 'Sensuous City' in Japan

Olympics logo scandal highlights power of the Internet critic

Contested Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo scrapped amid plagiarism claim

Grand old landmark Hotel Okura Tokyo says sayonara, for now

Shinzo Abe is seen in China as a revisionist intent on whitewashing Japan’s history

Grand old landmark Hotel Okura Tokyo says sayonara, for now

Thousands protest Abe, security bills at Diet rally
In one of the strongest signs of public frustration over controversial security bills likely to be passed by lawmakers next month, thousands of people surrounded the Diet building Sunday afternoon to protest their enactment and call for the resignation of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe. .

U.N. opens office dedicated to women's empowerment in Tokyo

Japan backs next-generation 8K technology ahead of 2020 Games

Amazon to bring video streaming service to Japan

Study: Japanese have the longest healthy lives

Japan should tap Olympics to bolster flagging English skills, says language school boss

Diet passes bill aimed at boosting women in the workplace

Duskin eyes using foreign workers for housework services

Hitachi's new labor-intensive robot could replace some workers in warehouses

Kyoto turns to toilet etiquette signs in a bid to flush out bad behavior

How yakitori went from taboo to salaryman snack
Abe's revisionism and Japan's divided war memories

Tianjin's deadly blasts expose China's work safety woes

Child suicides tend to occur at end spring or summer school holidays: study

Fast Retailing to debut four-day workweeks for Uniqlo staff

Tsukuba University climbs to 13th in global new university rankings

Cyanide fears compound cost of Tianjin explosions

Dependence day: Japan’s lopsided relationship with Washington

U.S. marine wins compensation for Okinawa toxin exposure and calls for tests on residents near Futenma

Emperor voices 'deep remorse' over war at 70th anniversary of surrender;

Dependence day: Japan's lopsided relationship with Washington  BY KAREL VAN WOLFEREN
Of all the post-World War II changes in Japan, the most momentous is that it never regained the status of a genuinely independent country. 

U.S., Japanese cities mark end of WWII with Pearl Harbor ceremony
Nagaoka is the hometown of late Japanese Adm. Isoroku Yamamoto, the architect of the attack on Pearl Harbor that launched the U.S. into the war in 1941. It is one of Honolulu’s sister cities and is famous for fireworks. U.S. planes bombed the city during the last weeks of the war, killing nearly 2,000 people.

Over 50% of assemblywomen in Japan have been sexually harassed, survey suggests
U.S. study puts China air pollution deaths at 4,000 a day;
Myanmar's ruling party sees internal upheaval

Cabinet approval rating nose-dives after ruling camp rams through (強行通過)security bills

Sudden stadium shift leaves Rugby World Cup high and dry

Signs seen of road widening for futuristic mobility    Segways and similar vehicles

Abe pulls plug on costly Olympic stadium plan
To reduce the estimated construction cost of ¥252 billion and ease growing criticism, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that the new National Stadium to be built for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics will be redesigned from scratch.

Tesla adds powerful 'Ludicrous Mode' to already-fast Model S

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